• City of Scaleless Icons
  • Scale variations are perhaps nowhere as extreme as they are in Beijing, a city where monumental urban axes and building icons are interlaced with hutongs and micro-courtyards. However, the three buildings presented here are particularly striking - despite their monumental size, the buildings appear scaleless. The smooth monolithic paneling in the Performing Arts Center by Paul Andreu, the elaborate structural lattice in the National Olympic Stadium by HdM, Ai Weiwei, Arup, and the hyper-scaling of structure to the point of super-graphic in CCTV Headquarters by OMA contribute to the buildings' uncanny ability to confuse the viewer's perception of scale. 
  • Hypothetical Urban Scenarios... City of Scaleless Icons
  • Scale Figure
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    All images taken and post-processed by Miroslava Brooks.